With almost 13 million residents, the nation’s fifth-largest population, Illinois is home to more than 2 million Medicare beneficiaries throughout 102 counties. Of these, more than 470,000 enrolled in Medicare Advantage; nearly 386,000 additional citizens have purchased policies with Part D prescription drug coverage.
For Medicare Advantage in Illinois, there are approximately 47 carriers, including those for Medicare Advantage alone and Part D prescription drug coverage. While two companies, Aetna and Humana, are currently the state’s second- and third-largest carriers, if a proposed merger is approved, this new company would provide coverage to 37 percent of the state. Nevertheless, other insurers offer Medicare Advantage in Illinois, including Anthem, Health Alliance, Meridian and United Healthcare.
You can select Medicare Advantage HMOs, PPOs and PPFS (Private Fee-for-Service) plans, as well as Special Need Plans (SNPs). The best-rated carrier in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report, is Medicare Associates Health Plan, Inc., which has 5/5 stars. The runners up in the state are Essence Healthcare, which was in first place in 2016, and Health Alliance Medicare – both have 4.50/5 stars.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018, 1,750,313 residents enrolled in Original Medicare and 489,342 residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
Illinois residents with questions regarding Medicare Advantage should contact the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), at (800) 252-8966.
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